Algar Waterfalls

Just under an hour's drive from Alicante City is one of the Costa Blanca's most stunning and popular attractions, the majestic Algar Waterfalls. Situated to the north and inland from Alicante, the drive is very scenic with the road winding its way though the mountains and passing some quaint little villages along the way including the Barony of Polop, a beautiful mountain village well worth stopping in if you are travelling via the CV-70. For visitors not driving, David's Coach Trips do a full day trip to Algar Waterfalls every Saturday in July and August from Torrevieja, and have a pick up point in nearby Gran Alacant.

Algar Waterfalls
Source: Flickr / Jon Connell

Algar Waterfalls Attractions

Also referred to as Les Fonts del Riu Algar, the falls are obviously the main attraction and are situated within an important conservation area where visitors can explore an array of local flora & fauna. The area is also home to one of the largest cactus botanical gardens in Europe and a small environmental museum which receives regular visits from local school kids on science trips. The beautiful mountain scenery surrounding the falls makes for one of the most picturesque camping grounds in Costa Blanca, the Fonts de l’Algar Camping & Caravan Park.

Arriving at Algar Waterfalls there is a car park area situated near the tourist office and the beginning of the nature trails. Make sure you wear hiking boots or comfortable trainers and don't forget a swimming costume and towel before you set off on the hiking trails to explore. The trails make their way alongside the river which cascades through gullies and over large boulders creating a series of water falls and refreshing rock pools.

All the rock pools are safe to enjoy an icy dip and there is also a main pool with deep water and a diving platform which is a highlight with the young ones. It really is all about the scenery at Algar and one of the most spectacular views of the falls can be enjoyed on the outdoor terrace of Restarante Les Fonts where, among a selection of other restaurants, a great choice of local and international dishes are on the menu.

Dino Park Algar

Another favourite attraction for the young ones is Dino Park, a small dinosaur theme park that expertly uses the surrounding countryside to showcase life size replicas of these ancient creatures, almost as if they were in their natural habitat. The park offers shady picnic areas, a rock built swimming pool, small 3D cinema and a museum where the highlight is a prehistoric pine tree known as Wollemia Nobilus, an extremely rare find that has been growing on our planet for over 175 million years! Visiting the attractions of Algar Waterfalls is a delight and very convenient to get around with the falls, cactus gardens, camp site, restaurants and Dino Park all within walking distance of each other.

Tabarca Island Boat Trip

For a wonderful day out during a visit to Alicante, a Tabarca Island boat trip transports you to a tranquil marine nature reserve that was once a safe haven for marauding Barbary Pirates and now boasts some of the finest seafood restaurants on the Costa Blanca.